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RIM co-CEOs throw in the towel, COO becomes new CEO

Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry smartphones, released a statement today announcing that co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have stepped down in a management shuffle. As a result of mounting pressure by shareholders who watched RIM’s stock price tumble 75% last year, eventually falling below book value, RIM announced that Lazaridis who founded RIM in 1984 will become vice chairman, while Balsillie will continue to sit on the board forgoing any operational roles. Chief operating officer Thorsten Heins will take over ...

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Sina Weibo smashes Twitter’s traffic record over Chinese New Year

The most popular of China’s microblogging services Sina Weibo, saw record traffic over the Chinese New Year. According to Chinese tech site Do News, an average of 32 312 messages were sent per second, while 481 207 messages were sent during the first minute of the year. This smashes Twitter's record 25 088 tweets per second -- achieved when Japanese users took to the social network en-masse during a national TV broadcast of the classic Anime series Castle in the ...

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‘Right to be forgotten’ — EU’s new plan for internet freedom

The European Union is in the process of proposing new laws on how large corporations handle users' personal data. Speaking at the Digital Life Design(DLD) conference in Germany on Sunday, EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, said she thinks governments need to find a balance between policing the internet to protect copyright and upholding freedom of expression. Reding was reacting to a US crackdown on hundreds of websites accused of offering pirated music or movies or counterfeit goods, as well as calls ...

Gearburn

Light, sexy and daring, its the Nokia 700

The Nokia 700 is a beautiful phone, with a dreadful OS and some redeeming features. I tear it apart like a rare fillet in a New York diner. Overall design In a word, solid. In a longer word, rock-solid. The 700 smacks of passion. Its diminutive proportions may be too tiny for my meaty paws, but in a normal sized hand it rests comfortably, like a shivering metal kitten. The 0.9kg weight combined with a length of 11cm is a masterstroke of design. ...

Viral videos

Interrupted viola player plays Nokia ringtone [Viral video]

A five-month-old video has a new, viral, lease on life. The video features Slovakian violinist Lukas Kmit, being interrupted by a Nokia ringtone. Rather than storming off or histrionically berating the phone’s owner, Kmit simply started playing the ringtone. The interruption took place while Kmit was giving a recital at a Jewish Orthodox Synagogue in Presov, eastern Slovakia. According to Cnet’s Chris Matyszczyk, the video went viral after a recent incident in which the marimba ringtone of an iPhone brought ...

Gearburn

New FFT math could equal 10X faster LOLcat downloads

I feel like we take compression for granted. It’s like the bass player in a band. While the lead guitarist or singer gets decorated with undergarments from the ladies, the unsung bassist grooves in the background, playing the vital role of filling out the low end of the frequency spectrum and blowing your hair back. Compression technologies and the network infrastructure upon which they function are key to delivering our LOLcats, Nyan Cats, Honeybadgers and Rebecca Blacks, but with all the attention given to terrestrial broadband ...

Gearburn

Absinthe is here — jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 now!

The jailbreak for both A5 iDevices running iOS 5.0.1, namely the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S has landed. Absinthe runs on both Windows and Mac PCs and is seemingly the easiest jailbreak process yet. Pod2g is the self-confessed “iOS security researcher” who developed the jailbreak along with Team Chronic. A simple process The jailbreak works on the iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 and the iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.1 or iOS 5.0. Read more on Gearburn.com

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SOPA author withdraws controversial anti-piracy bill

Law Lamar Smith, the author of America's proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), has withdrawn the controversial bill. According to Reuters, the Texas congressman decided to pull the bill in the wake of mass online protests from people in the US and abroad. Smith's decision comes shortly after US Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said, "in light of recent events" he would postpone a critical vote that had been scheduled for January 24. Smith said that similar legislation would not be considered ...

Twitter

SOPA is dead, Twitter cheers

The internet rejoiced as news of Stop Online Piracy Act's (SOPA) death spread like wild fire. The controversial bill has been the talk of the internet for the last week. A call to action from internet titans such as Google and Wikipedia saw the web go black on Wednesday in protest of a bill that they said would threaten the very nature of the net. Following Texas Congressman Lamar Smith's decision to pull the bill late Friday, "SOPA is dead" ...

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Google cans Picnik, Social Graph API and open sourcing Sky Maps

Google’s spring cleaning campaign continues. The company just announced the closure of a number of products, including the popular Picnik online photo editor which, until recently, was integrated into Yahoo’s Flickr, for example. Google is also shutting down a number of underutilized services like the Google Message Continuity email backup service for enterprise customers, its Social Graph API and Urchin, the company it bought in 2005 and that formed the basis for Google Analytics. Needlebase, a database product Google acquired ...

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